Development Application approved for proposed Guyra preschool

Armidale Regional Council

The
Development Application (DA) for the proposed Guyra Early Childhood Learning
Centre was approved at the May 26 Ordinary Council Meeting, subject to
conditions.

The
DA is for the construction of a proposed
centre-based child care facility to be built behind the Guyra Civic
Administration Building as well as the construction of a new car park and associated works.

Armidale
Regional Council Mayor Ian Tiley said while this does not guarantee the new
preschool will be built, it gives Council the green light to do so if funding
becomes available in the future.

“This
is simply a step we had to go through to ensure the construction process is as
streamlined as possible if it is deemed feasible for the Early Childhood
Learning Centre project to go ahead,” said Mayor Tiley.

“This
approval gives us the peace of mind we need while we continue to seek funding
options and explore the feasibility of the project.”

Council
received two submissions from members of the public against the DA, however,
both of these have now been addressed through the conditions outlined in the
approval.

These
conditions include a deferred commencement condition pursuant to section
4.16(3) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, requiring
that an amended Aboricultural Impact Assessment and Car Parking Access Plan is
provided which demonstrates that the largest tree – the English Oak – can be
successfully retained.

The
carpark that is included in the DA was due to be funded by the Australian
Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Phase 1 funding,
however Councillors adopted the recommendation to reallocate the money to other
projects due to the fact the Guyra Early Childhood Learning Centre project has
not yet been fully scoped.

“The
conditions of this funding require the money to be spent by the end of this
financial year, so council believes the best option is to reallocate the funds
to ensure the money is not lost,” said Mayor Tiley.

“This
money will now be spent on our asset backlog
that will greatly benefit the community.”

The
$985,000 of LRCI funding to will now go towards the 2021/2022 renewal
program for Council assets, including kerb and guttering, footpaths, urban road
reseals, gravel road resheeting, stormwater drainage improvements and building
renewals. Council has applied for an extension to complete the projects by 31
December 2021.

To
read the DA, see page 88 of the May 26 meeting agenda.

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